Russian Machine Never Breaks
I feel really confident with [Backstrom and Ovechkin]. I played with Nickie a little 4-on-4. Ovie, you know what you’re getting. I know how to get the puck over to him.
Eric Fehr
I thought on the back end, real strong game, Brooks Orpik, you saw why he was such an important signing for us. He was…it’s a pleasure to watch him back there, how he plays. So firm, so strong. Guys like Alzner and Carlson, still young in their careers, I think if you watch Brooks real closely, night in and night out, he plays a pretty mature game, a pretty firm game. We get Karl and everyone on the back end playing a firm game, it’s sort of contagious.
[Brooks Laich] is a guy who’s a student of the game. The more I can use him on left wing, right wing, center, it’ll give us more flexibility in the roster at center ice. We’ve still got Burakovsky, I thought had a real strong game in the middle of the ice. We’ve got Kuzy as well, who’s a talent. We’ve got some youth in our lineup and they did a good job.
[Mike Green] is taking away time and space from opponents. He’s always relied so much on his skating, but stick detail wasn’t a huge one for him and he’s already seen the benefits of his stick. I showed him three instances from a recent game where he was able to cause turnovers and start a transition the other way.
Barry Trotz
You are going to see a guy like Mike Green get back to some of the numbers that he had in the past. John Carlson on the back end will have a breakout season. Up front, I probably say that I am looking for Marcus Johansson to have a breakout season. He is at that age where he needs to get to the next level as a player, and he has the ability to do that.
Barry Trotz
Is this the Capitals’ Logo for the 2015 Winter Classic?

#TBT Training Camp 2002, Piney Orchard Ice Rink, Odenton, Maryland. A couple of loudmouths.

Goat and the Horn Guy! Old school!


#TBT Training Camp 2002, Piney Orchard Ice Rink, Odenton, Maryland. A couple of loudmouths.

Goat and the Horn Guy! Old school!


PK goes full figure skater to avoid the ref. That is freaking graceful.


PK goes full figure skater to avoid the ref. That is freaking graceful.


Rookie Camp Profile: Madison Bowey

The Washington Capitals drafted defenseman Madison Bowey 53rd overall in the 2013 NHL Draft. Bowey spent last season racking up 60 points (21g 39a) with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. As the team captain, Bowey helped lead the Rockets to the best record in WHL (57-11-0-4). The 6-foot, 195-pound blueliner signed a three-year, entry level deal with the Caps on April 2, 2014.

In Kelowna last season, you guys had the best record in the WHL, so what did you take away from that experience?

I learned more how to be a true pro, and wearing the captain “C” I had to take a big responsibility for myself and I learned how to really come to the rink every day and I’m willing to work my hardest every day and every night.

Speaking of being the captain, is being a leader something you naturally gravitate towards or was that a new challenge for you?

Yes, ever since I was young, I’ve always been the captain of my teams. When I came to Kelowna at age 16, I was there trying to be a more vocal guy and trying to step up, so I think it was a good choice and I was definitely ready for it.

What are the biggest challenges of being the captain?

I think it’s that really everything falls on you. If the team’s not doing well really, it’s not your fault, but the coaches look at you first and that’s probably the toughest. But really, we had a great group of assistant captains and that makes it a lot easier.

What is the best and worst part of growing up in Winnipeg, Manitoba?

Growing up in Winnipeg, I think the best part is you’re really close to friends and family. It’s not too big of a city and it’s not too loud. The worst part is probably the winters, that’s probably a big reason people move away from Winnipeg. I know I haven’t really been in Winnipeg much for the winters in the last few years, so that’s nice, but definitely the winters are the worst.

What was the highlight of your summer?

Coming here for development camp it was a lot of fun. It was very competitive, and I thought I had a good camp, so that was a highlight so far.

Outside of hockey, did you do anything fun this summer?

I went to a lot of cabins with a few friends that I have, so that was fun. It was nice to lay back a little bit and enjoy the wilderness and the beaches.

You mentioned to some of the other reporters that you like to set goals for yourself, what are some goals you’ve set for this year?

One of them is obviously to make this team, or to play a few games with the Caps. And another one is to make the world junior team, the national team for Canada. Making Team Canada is a big goal for every young kid growing up and that’s definitely something on my radar. And when I go back to Kelowna: winning a championship. It could be my last year in the WHL so winning a championship with the group of guys I’m playing with would be awesome.

— Deborah Francisco, @NHLgirl


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